Trevethin hoarder bids farewell to tonnes of clutter

South Wales Argus: ‘BECAME TOO MUCH’: Bron Afon tenant Percy Watkins, 73, in his Trevethin Garden, before the clean-up. Picture courtesy of Adrian Reilly Photography ‘BECAME TOO MUCH’: Bron Afon tenant Percy Watkins, 73, in his Trevethin Garden, before the clean-up. Picture courtesy of Adrian Reilly Photography

MORE than 100 gnomes and plastic animals were among five tonnes of belongings cleared from a hoarder’s garden in Trevethin.

Staff from Bron Afon Community Housing, Torfaen council’s ground force team and Cold Barn Farm volunteers worked for seven hours to de-clutter the five by six metre front garden and five by five metre back garden.

The garden belongs to Bron Afon tenant Percy Watkins, 73, who has lived in his home for nearly 30 years.

Mr Watkins’ motivation and interest in looking after his garden declined after the loss of his wife, Honor Catherine, six years ago.

He said: “My garden used to be nice but in the past few years I just kept putting things outside.

“Looking after the garden became too much for me and I suppose I became a bit of a hoarder.”

Community caretaker at Bron Afon, Paul Dullea, suggested that clearing the garden would make a difference to Mr Watkins’ well-being.

So, the team of 30 worked to fill two skips and three tipper trucks with various items including old furniture, wood and metal.

De-clutterer for Bron Afon, Gail Brusch, said: “It was like a farmyard with the amount of plastic animals we kept finding including sheep, pigs, squirrels, and a turtle. There was even a gang of gnomes recovered.”

Following the clearance work, Mr Watkins, said: “I never thought my garden would this tidy again. I’m very happy with the results and I can now use the space to sit outside in the summer.”

Teams will return later to dismantle the sheds and put a fence up around the property.

Mr Watkins plans to keep the garden tidy and he even wants to plant flowers in the new found space.

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10:48am Thu 30 May 13

bravoscar says...

I hope the council charging for this!
Or is the good old tax payer footing the bill again?
40 pound littering fine for dropping a sweet wrapper in town. You will get a few sweet wrappers in two skips.
I hope the council charging for this! Or is the good old tax payer footing the bill again? 40 pound littering fine for dropping a sweet wrapper in town. You will get a few sweet wrappers in two skips. bravoscar
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9:30pm Thu 30 May 13

rlewis says...

bravoscar wrote:
I hope the council charging for this!
Or is the good old tax payer footing the bill again?
40 pound littering fine for dropping a sweet wrapper in town. You will get a few sweet wrappers in two skips.
Not a very helpful comment. Hoarding is an illness, usually triggered by a distressing event in the hoarder's life. In this case, probably the death of the man's wife.
[quote][p][bold]bravoscar[/bold] wrote: I hope the council charging for this! Or is the good old tax payer footing the bill again? 40 pound littering fine for dropping a sweet wrapper in town. You will get a few sweet wrappers in two skips.[/p][/quote]Not a very helpful comment. Hoarding is an illness, usually triggered by a distressing event in the hoarder's life. In this case, probably the death of the man's wife. rlewis
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9:32pm Thu 30 May 13

jokeport says...

rlewis wrote:
bravoscar wrote:
I hope the council charging for this!
Or is the good old tax payer footing the bill again?
40 pound littering fine for dropping a sweet wrapper in town. You will get a few sweet wrappers in two skips.
Not a very helpful comment. Hoarding is an illness, usually triggered by a distressing event in the hoarder's life. In this case, probably the death of the man's wife.
very well said rlewis!

Bravooscar's Comment was illinformed and hurtfull! Pointless and PATHETIC
[quote][p][bold]rlewis[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bravoscar[/bold] wrote: I hope the council charging for this! Or is the good old tax payer footing the bill again? 40 pound littering fine for dropping a sweet wrapper in town. You will get a few sweet wrappers in two skips.[/p][/quote]Not a very helpful comment. Hoarding is an illness, usually triggered by a distressing event in the hoarder's life. In this case, probably the death of the man's wife.[/p][/quote]very well said rlewis! Bravooscar's Comment was illinformed and hurtfull! Pointless and PATHETIC jokeport
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9:33pm Thu 30 May 13

kelly020479 says...

Well done to Bron Afon and all involved. I hope that Mr Watkins now starts to enjoy his garden. We all need a bit of help sometimes..!
Well done to Bron Afon and all involved. I hope that Mr Watkins now starts to enjoy his garden. We all need a bit of help sometimes..! kelly020479
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9:52pm Thu 30 May 13

Mongino says...

I do feel sorry for this guy however I do wonder how Bron Afon can spare over 40 staff to work on one man's garden when they have laid off many staff over the last year and are going cap in hand to the Welsh Assembly all the time as they need more money. In response to the first post, yes, it is the taxpayer who are meeting the cost of this activity, one that is in effect an expensive PR event for Bron Afon. It's a shame Bron Afon don't spend more time looking after the vulnerable people in sheltered housing who no longer have wardens and get their emergency calls answered in England after the lifeline department was closed.
I do feel sorry for this guy however I do wonder how Bron Afon can spare over 40 staff to work on one man's garden when they have laid off many staff over the last year and are going cap in hand to the Welsh Assembly all the time as they need more money. In response to the first post, yes, it is the taxpayer who are meeting the cost of this activity, one that is in effect an expensive PR event for Bron Afon. It's a shame Bron Afon don't spend more time looking after the vulnerable people in sheltered housing who no longer have wardens and get their emergency calls answered in England after the lifeline department was closed. Mongino
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